The College of Mount St. Joseph is teaming up with Pink Ribbon Girls (PRG) for the 4th annual Pink Game Days to raise awareness for breast cancer with the Mount’s football game against Anderson University on Saturday, September 29 with a 7 p.m. kick-off. This year Samaritan’s Feet, a nonprofit group that collects and distributes new shoes and socks to impoverished children and families worldwide, will also benefit from the Pink Games. Those attending the football game can donate a new pair of “soft” shoes and receive a free admission to the game.
Mount football head coach Rod Huber received permission from the NCAA to coach the game barefoot and the team captains will leave their shoes at mid-field following the game to bring awareness to this cause. He was inspired after coaching for two weeks in Nigeria this spring with NFL player Amobi Okoye and ProCamps where children came to clinics without having any shoes. “My team and I are humbled that we can help the Pink Ribbon Girls Foundation and also the mission of Samaritan’s Feet,” Huber said. “They do a tremendous job worldwide of delivering new shoes to young people who would otherwise be without shoes.”
“Coach Huber is the voice for the 300 million children that wake up every day without shoes to wear,” said Chip Kauchak of Samaritan’s Feet. “Samaritan’s Feet provides new shoes and socks for children and families in 62 countries around the world, including the U.S.”
The Mount’s soccer Pink Games will take place October 9 and 10 at 7 p.m. and the volleyball Pink Games will be October 17 at 7 p.m. The entire Mount athletics department has been instrumental in helping this initiative continue to grow over the last few years. “I’m honored that PRG has been invited back to help bring awareness about this very serious issue facing women right here in our neighborhoods,” said Tracie Metzger, executive director of PRG. “We will have all those fighting the disease, and those who have fought, on our minds as we ‘Pink Out’ Mount athletic games.”
Pre-game festivities for the football game include Pink Game captain jersey auction, raffles, shoe drive, live music and t-shirt sale. For more information on the Pink Ribbon Girls, visit their website at www.pinkribbongirls.org and for Samaritan's Feet, visit www.samaritansfeet.org.
The College of Mount St. Joseph is an undergraduate and graduate Catholic college that provides an interdisciplinary liberal arts and professional curriculum emphasizing values, service and social responsibility.